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Jodhpur court acquits Salman Khan in fake affidavit case

IANS Jodhpur A Jodhpur court on Monday acquitted actor Salman Khan in a case related to submitting a false affidavit in court. The Rajasthan government had in 2006 submitted a plea accusing Khan of submitting a fake affidavit. CJM Rural Court Ankit Raman dismissed state government’s plea. In 1998, Khan was booked in three different cases in black buck poaching …

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NHRC notice to Health Ministry, Bihar govt over increasing deaths of children

PTI New Delhi The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Monday sent notices to the Union Health Ministry and the government of Bihar over reports of increasing deaths of children due to encephalitis in Muzaffarpur, a senior official said. Nearly 100 children have died of suspected acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Bihar, where doctors strike has paralysed medical and health services. …

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‘Referendum should be conducted on use of EVM’

PTI New Delhi Asserting that there are “serious doubts” over EVM, senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily has sought a referendum on whether it should be used in the electoral process or ballot papers be brought back. He also emphasised that such a referendum should be conducted on ballot papers and not on electronic voting machines (EVMs) over which he …

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Patients suffer as doctors go on strike across India

PTI New Delhi Healthcare services were severely affected across the country on Monday as doctors wearing helmets and forming human chains went on a strike in solidarity with their protesting colleagues in West Bengal. A large number of patients and their relatives, caught unaware of the strike, were seen waiting outside various hospitals, appealing to authorities for help. The Indian …

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First session of 17th LS begins

PTI New Delhi The first session of the 17th Lok Sabha commenced on Monday with jubilant BJP members raising ‘Jai Shri Ram and Bharat Mata ki Jai’ slogans as several members, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi, took oath. Union minister Shripad Naik, the Lok Sabha MP representing North Goa, took the oath in Konkani.  As …

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Parties to deliberate on ‘one nation, one election’

New Delhi: Chairing an all-party meeting on the eve of the first session of the new Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday invited heads of all parties to a meeting on June 19 to discuss the “one nation, one election” issue and other important matters. Noting that there are many new faces in this Lok Sabha, Modi said …

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Rainfall deficiency hits 43% in country

New Delhi: Monsoon is expected to advance further up north as cyclone Vayu loses intensity paving the way for the wind system to move towards the Arabian Sea, the weatherman said on Sunday. By now, monsoon should have reached the central India, including parts of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, eastern Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, but it is yet to reach Maharashtra. …

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17th Lok Sabha’s first session from today

New Delhi: The first session of the 17th Lok Sabha will commence from Monday during which the passage of the Union Budget and other key legislations such as triple talaq will be on top of the agenda for the government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chairing an all-party meeting on the eve of the first session of the new Lok Sabha, …

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Harsh Vardhan reviews situation after 84 children die

Patna: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday stressed the need for research on Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) that has caused the deaths of 84 children so far in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district. “There should be research to identify the disease that is still not identified and for that research facility should be developed in Muzaffarpur,” Harsh Vardhan said after visiting …

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Patients suffer as Bengal doctors strike enters 6th day

Kolkata: Health services in West Bengal remained partially disrupted and state-run hospitals wore a deserted look on Sunday morning as the doctors strike entered its sixth day.  Sunday being a holiday, the out-patient departments remained closed and the number of patients waiting outside hospitals or visiting the emergency wards was also low. The emergency services, however, functioned normally. The striking …

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